Barry E. C. Boothman

Oct 4, 2022

The Cataclysmic Collapse of Abitibi Power and Paper

A Discussion with Barry E. C. Boothman

New Books Network 2022

In this podcast episode, Greg Marchildon interviews the author of Corporate Cataclysm: Abitibi Power & Paper and the Collapse of the Newsprint Industry, 1912–1946 (U of Toronto P, 2020). This book documents the rise, decline and bankruptcy of one of the largest manufacturing firms in Canada before the Second World War. A detailed review of the business and policy environment as well as the corporate strategies of Abitibi Power & Paper, Boothman’s book sheds new light on business and regulation of natural resources in Ontario and Canada during the first half of the twentieth century. A former professor of strategic management at the University of New Brunswick, Boothman has written a comprehensive and award-winning business history.

This interview was produced with the support of The Champlain Society. The mission of The Champlain Society is to increase public awareness of, and accessibility to, Canada’s rich store of historical records.

Gregory P. Marchildon is the Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

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